Whether you’re a smoky eye newbie or a complete pro, finding the perfect palette can turn into a life-long expedition. With so many shades and textures to choose from, how do you know what’s best? While every product has its perks, some just go above and beyond in our beauty book. We can’t help it — everyone has her favorites! Here are three products that will bring you smoky eye perfection.

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1. Easy to Use and Multi-Functional.
The Maybelline Master Kajal Waterproof Eyeliner is the perfect beauty tool for any smoky eye skill level! New York–based global makeup artist, Yadim Carranza tells us how to use this versatile liner and go from simple to full-on smoky.  “Try Kajal on the inside of the waterline for an instant smoke that makes an impact without being too fussy — or for a sultry eye look — use Kajal in Onyx Rush and apply the liner up to the crease of your eye and then slightly smudge. Smoky eye in a snap that lasts until dawn,” says Yadim.

Mixing up colors is also a great way to achieve some serious smoke! “Makeup should be about experimentation,” says Yadim. You already know how we feel about that!

2. Timeless Classic.
You can NEVER go wrong with the Urban Decay Naked Basics Eyeshadow Palette. These matte (and demi-matte!) colors are ideal for light-to-intense smoky effects and can even be used to line, contour and highlight your pretty peepers. Rich in color and finish, these shades won’t budge, no matter how long your workday or night out may be (yay, dancing makeup!). Plus, you can pair the palette with your favorite bold colors when the mood strikes. Every woman needs to have this six-shade neutral palette in her beauty kit — you’ll thank us later!

3. A Touch of Feminine Color.
We love our neutrals, but for the extra glamorous night out — or the nights we really want to impress someone (wink, wink) — is when we pull out the big beauty guns! Deep browns and copper colors scream chic and polished. The YSL Eye Palette Collector Fétiche is nothing short of a luxurious smoky eye waiting to happen. With step-by-step instructions, you can use the five fall-friendly shades to create a base, line your lids, highlight and color contour your way to gorgeous eyes.

What are your favorite smoky eye products? Let us know in the comments below!

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